Had a so-so schooling session yesterday and today on Hattie...she is very ploddy and does not want to go forward at all. She HATES schooling but unfortunately, the lane is all snowed over with hidden ice underneath so it's not safe to hack out and I don't jump any more so can't break up our flat work sessions with a bit of jumping. I may try putting down some trotting poles on the ground just to make Hattie think she is jumping to get her interested a bit more! We had a shuffling bit of a canter on both reins yesterday..blah..I need lessons again as my riding is ATROCIOUS!!
I took some padding off of the Vetrap queen I made and re-wrapped my fixed head to make it a bit more comfortable. I think it's making my right leg a bit more solid and I was practising keeping my right leg against the saddle which is useful for circles and stopping her from drifting as she can feel the pressure on her left shoulder.
Our next dressage test is on January 16 (all being well with the weather!) so it's the Intro B test that we have been practising. Just to make a bit of a chance, we'll be using my friend's outdoor school tomorrow to practise our test. It's all snowed over and frozen so won't be trotting but we'll walk it instead. It will be good practise to work on the walking elements of the test and work on my position, then afterwards, we are having our Christmas Eve tack room party!
I came across this lovely and unusual side saddle on Ebay yesterday...
The Ebay seller, describes it as being from the early 20th century and made by Whippy & Stegall (which were based at North Audley Street in London and were later bought out by Champion & Wilton in the 1940's).
What is unusual about it, is it's very short off-side flap! You don't see too many side saddles with such a short off-side flap but they seem to have been popular during the 1920's and early 1930's from the few examples I have seen in period photos.
I have a photo showing Mrs. Straker taken in the early 1930's riding in a near identical short flapped side saddle...
They seem to have been made that way to show off a horses' shoulder and had extra long billet straps on the off-side but what would be the point of having such a short off-side flap when the horses shoulder would have been cluttered up with buckles anyways? Strange!